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A Year-round Variety[hr][/hr]Description:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Globe-shaped in winter
and spring[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Conical in summer and fall[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Green color, some purple at base in summer[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Thorns prominent in summer and fall. Less developed in winter and spring.[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Compact appearance[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Winter harvests may show frost damage on outer bracts, a cosmetic defect only. Frost tends to enhance "nutty" flavor of artichoke.[/td][/tr][/table]
Size:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]18, 24, 30, 36, 48, 60 count, large loose (cocktail) and small loose (baby)[/td][/tr][/table]
Characteristics:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Good edibility on bracts (petals)[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Heavy bottom (heart) relative to size[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]All marketed sizes are mature.[/td][/tr][/table]
Seasonality:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Year-round availability with a spring peak period[/td][/tr][/table]
Method of Propagation:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Cloned from root stock[/td][/tr][/table]
Handling:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Refrigerate at 34 degrees F. (0 degrees C)[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Keep moist - 95% humidity[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]OK to "top ice"[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Trim stems and place in crushed ice for best appearance.[/td][/tr][/table]
Geographic Area:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Central coast of California with a heavy concentration near Castroville.[/td][/tr][/table][/td][/tr][tr][td][hr][/hr][/td][/tr][tr][td]

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A Winter & Early Spring Variety[hr][/hr]Description:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Shape varies conical to round throughout season.[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Green color[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Thorns, but not prominent[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Compact appearance[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Winter harvests may show frost damage on outer bracts, a cosmetic defect only. Frost tends to enhance "nutty" flavor of artichoke.[/td][/tr][/table]
Size:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]18, 24, 30, 36, 48, 60 count, large loose (cocktail) and small loose (baby)[/td][/tr][/table]
Characteristics:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Bracts (petals) have good, edible portions.[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Bottoms (hearts) are well-developed.[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]All marketed sizes are mature.[/td][/tr][/table]
Seasonality:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Winter through early spring[/td][/tr][/table]
Method of Propagation:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Seed[/td][/tr][/table]
Handling:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Refrigerate at 34 degrees F. (0 degrees C)[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Keep moist - 95% humidity[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]OK to "top ice"[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Trim stems and place in crushed ice for best appearance.[/td][/tr][/table]
Geographic Area:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Southern California inland desert valleys.[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Oxnard: coastal valley[/td][/tr][/table][/td][/tr][tr][td][hr][/hr][/td][/tr][tr][td]

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A Thornless Variety[hr][/hr]Description:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Thornless[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Shape generally conical. Wide base even more pronounced in summer.[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Green color with purple tinge most pronounced at base of artichoke. Purple more pronounced in summer.[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Winter harvests may show frost damage on outer bracts, a cosmetic defect only. Frost tends to enhance "nutty" flavor of artichoke.[/td][/tr][/table]
Size:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]8, 18, 24, 36, 48 count[/td][/tr][/table]
Characteristics:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Good flavor[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Wide heart[/td][/tr][/table]
Seasonality:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Nearly year-round availability[/td][/tr][/table]
Method of Propagation:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Big Heart" was among the first commercially available seed-propagated artichoke. Grown as an annual, plantings can be staggered for year-round harvest.[/td][/tr][/table]
Handling:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Refrigerate at 34 degrees F. (0 degrees C)[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Keep moist - 95% humidity[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]OK to "top ice"[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Trim stems and place in crushed ice for best appearance.[/td][/tr][/table]
Geographic Area:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Lompoc: coastal valley north of Santa Barbara, California.[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Imperial: inland desert valley[/td][/tr][/table][/td][/tr][tr][td][hr][/hr][/td][/tr][tr][td]

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A Year-Round, Thornless Variety[hr][/hr]Description:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Thornless[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Glossy, green color[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Shape generally conical; seasonal variations will be rounded[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Compact appearance.[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Winter harvests may show frost damage on outer bracts, a cosmetic defect only. Frost tends to enhance the flavor.[/td][/tr][/table]
Size:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]18, 24, 36, 48, 60 count[/td][/tr][/table]
Characteristics:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Edible stem[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Bracts (petals) have good, edible portions[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Bottoms (hearts) are well-developed[/td][/tr][/table]
Seasonality:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Year-round with peak production in spring[/td][/tr][/table]
Method of Propagation:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Seed[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Developed by and licensed through the University of California[/td][/tr][/table]
Handling:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Refrigerate at 34 degrees F. (0 degrees C)[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Keep moist - 95% humidity[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]OK to "top ice"[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Trim stems and place in crushed ice for best appearance.[/td][/tr][/table]
Geographic Area:
[table][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Widely adaptable[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Imperial and Coachella valleys.[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Sacramento/San Joaquin valleys[/td][/tr][tr][td]/imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif[/td][td]Central coast of California[/td][/tr][/table][/td][/tr][/table][/td][/tr][/table]